Which is easier to learn?
Heading off on a beginner ski holiday? Well, if it’s your first time on the slopes, most people find skiing easier to learn (and get comfortable with) than snowboarding. The stance you adopt on skis feels fairly familiar, while having both feet strapped onto a snowboard can take some getting used to.
Novice snowboarders should be prepared to take a lot more tumbles than beginner skiers will. Some protective padded clothing isn’t a bad idea. That said, whether you choose skis or a snowboard, by the end of your first week, you’ll usually be cruising down the blue runs with relative ease.
When it comes to getting around the mountains, snowboarders, again, often find it harder than skiers in the early stages. Ski lifts are pretty straightforward on skis, whereas boarders will have to learn to ride with one foot unclipped (which can take some practice). The lack of ski poles for snowboarders can also leave you high and dry on flat sections of piste until you build the confidence to carry more speed. A friendly skier willing to give you a tow can be a real godsend – but let’s not tell them that, right?